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Acute Illness Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

When you’re feeling unwell enough to need medical help but aren’t so sick you need to visit the emergency room, the acute illness services provided by Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are the perfect solution. The experienced team members are board-certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics so that they can treat acute illnesses in patients of all ages. The practice also provides telemedicine consultations and out-of-hours phone services for emergencies. Call Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Acute Illness Q&A

What is an acute illness?

Acute illness is any kind of medical condition that develops quickly within a few days. An acute illness could affect an individual system or your whole body.

Acute illnesses vary in severity. For example, a mild urinary tract infection (UTI) might give you an irritating, inconvenient attack of cystitis that clears in a day or so. A more serious infection that involves your kidneys (pyelonephritis) can cause extreme pain and sickness and, in some cases, might require hospital treatment.

People’s ability to cope with an acute illness also varies. A young, fit person can often work through a cold or recover from the flu within a few weeks. On the other hand, someone who has an underlying health condition like diabetes or an autoimmune disorder could find a common cold far more debilitating.

Acute illness can be more serious in very young children and the elderly, as well. At Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan, the team can diagnose and treat an extensive range of acute illnesses in patients of all ages.


What acute illnesses are the most common?

Some of the most common acute illnesses are ones that everyone gets from time to time, such as:

  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Eye infections
  • UTIs
  • Strep throat
  • Stomach flu (gastroenteritis)
  • Headaches


Typical symptoms of an acute illness include abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, fever, and respiratory problems like coughing, sneezing, and producing thick, yellow, or green phlegm.

If your symptoms aren’t severe and you have no underlying health problems, resting at home, drinking plenty of fluids, and using appropriate over-the-counter medications are usually all you need to get over your acute illness.


When should I get medical help for an acute illness?

If you have severe symptoms, a high fever, or you’re getting worse instead of better, you should contact the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan team for advice. You should also call if you have an infant who’s showing symptoms or if you have existing health problems.

If you have symptoms of an acute illness, or you’re worried about your child, the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan team provides both in-person appointments and Blue Jeans virtual telemedicine consultations. You can also contact the on-call Spectrum Health nurse by telephone for after-hours emergencies.

Call Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan today for assistance or book an appointment online.